Events

  1. Week 10

    29 March @ 8:00 am - 2 April @ 5:00 pm AEDT
  2. Good Friday

    2 April
  3. Easter Saturday

    3 April
  4. Easter Sunday

    4 April
  5. Easter Monday

    5 April

News

  • Dress for Success Sydney

    As one of our initiatives following International Women’s Day, SMGS is collecting clothes to donate to Dress for Success Sydney. Check out the details below on how you can get involved.
  • SMGS one of five schools participating in the AISNSW Positive Behaviour Program

    SMGS’ wellbeing program has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. This year, SMGS is one of five schools participating in the AISNSW Positive Behaviour Program, a three-year project in which AISNSW provides school-based professional learning for all staff and consultancy support for the school’s PBIS leadership team and in class. To […]
  • We’re Hiring! – Boarding House Supervisor

    We’re looking for a Boarding House Supervisor to join our award-winning boarding team. 18 hours each week during school term time. Friday afternoon through to Saturday evening commencing Friday, 12th March 2021. For more information or to apply online, visit: Boarding House Supervisor
  • Students recognised at 2021 Australia Day Celebrations

    Congratulations to SMGS Year 9 students Gabriella Forman and Lottie Lodge who were recognised at the Jindabyne Australia Day Celebrations for their contributions and achievements within our local and wider community.   Gabriella Forman – 2021 recipient of the Young Citizen of the Year Award Lottie Lodge – 2021 recipient of the Local Citizen Award […]

Approach to Learning

//Approach to Learning

“National and international evidence (shows) that a teacher’s effectiveness has a powerful impact on students, with broad consensus that teacher quality is the single most important in-school factor influencing student achievement. Effective teachers can be a source of inspiration and, equally importantly, provide a dependable and consistent influence on young people as they make choices about further education, work and life.”

(Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, 2011)

At Snowy Mountains Grammar School, we inspire students every day in and out of the classroom. Our teachers are passionate professionals who care about every child.

In the Junior School we educate the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially. Every child has their own unique talents and we provide a caring, safe and supportive environment with many opportunities to develop their sense of self throughout their educational journey.

Our teaching approach stems from our Teaching and Learning Framework, based on the current Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, and also fuses the practical instructional elements of The Art and Science of Teaching developed by world-renowned educational expert, Robert Marzano PhD, author of more than 30 books on highly effective classroom teaching and student learning.

The approach to learning in our Junior School:

  • uses evidence-based instructional design methodologies and pedagogies
  • is rigorous, challenging, relevant for the 21st century, engaging and enjoyable
  • promotes high standards of literacy and numeracy as fundamental
  • includes a balanced curriculum which also includes art, science, PE, language, music, social sciences and more, with specialist teachers in some areas
  • involves contemporary practice, blending technology into lesson design
  • considers a personalised and differentiated learning experience because we recognise students learn differently
  • offers learning support and learning extension
  • uses internal and external assessment data to further inform teachers about our curriculum design as well as adjust delivery of concepts in the classroom
  • at all times promotes high levels of respect among and to all members of the classroom and school community, where each child is valued
  • enables very high levels of participation, opportunities and recognition in a wide range of curriculum and co-curricular events, owing to our smaller classes and school community
  • has excellent modern, spacious, well-equipped classrooms.
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Recent posts from the Junior School

Stage 3 host science expo for Junior School

By | March 29th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten|

Last week, our budding earth scientists in Stage 3 hosted an engaging and informative expo based on their natural hazard unit. It was an explosive and exciting adventure in our Stage 3 collaborative learning space, [...]

SMGS Steaming ahead with $4.5M NSW Government Grant

By | March 22nd, 2021|Categories: Alumni, Boarding, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Principal, Senior School, Uncategorised|

The Snowy Mountains Grammar School (SMGS) Community was thrilled to welcome Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro, local MLC Bronnie Taylor, Snowy Monaro Mayor, Peter Beer, and members of the wider Jindabyne community [...]

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

By | March 19th, 2021|Categories: Director of Junior School, Junior School, Kindergarten, Senior School, Wellbeing|

  Today we take action and stand together in CARE on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. As a school, SMGS stands together not only today but every day, with CARE at [...]